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A LITTLE CHILD'S 
FIRST COMMUNION 



INTRODUCTION TO THE SPIRITUAL WAY 




By MOTHER BOLTON 

Religious of The C e n a c I e 

Associate Professor, Department of Education, 
for the Teaching of Christian Doctrine, 
Fordham University, New York City. 

Illustrations By L. Jambor 



St. Anthony Guild Press 
Franciscan Monastery 
Paterson, New Jersey 
19 3 6 



Copyright by 

THE CENACLE OF ST. REGIS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK 

628 West 140th Street, New York, N. Y. 

# First Edition 1931 

Revised Edition 1935 

Revised Edition (Second Printing) • - - 1936 

Copyright in Great Britain 
{All Rights Reserved) 



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Minister Provincialis. 



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ARTHUR J. SCANLAN, S. T. D., 
Censor Librorum. 



Imprimatur 
K PATRICK CARDINAL HAYES, 
Archbishop of New York. 



/ New York,- -August 20, 1935. 

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PRINTED in the United States of America. 



a little child's first communion 
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BOOK ONE: 
God Is Love 

Creation: God's Gifts of Love 

BOOK TWO: 

God Is Truth 

Our First Parents 

A Promise by the God of Truth 

The Prophets 

God's Own Son 



BOOK THREE: 

The Mother of God's Own Son 
The Story of Saint Joseph 
The Life of Jesus 
The Blessed Trinity 
The Commandments 



BOOK FOUR: 

Jesus' Church 
The Holy Mass 

BOOK FIVE: 

The Sacraments: Baptism, Penance, 
Holy Eucharist 

A PREPARATION FOR CON- 
FIRMATION 

BOOK SIX: 

The Sacraments: Extreme Unction, 
Holy Orders, Matrimony 

A PREPARATION FOR FIRST 
HOLY COMMUNION 



C^SIX BOOKS IN THE SERIES^) 
^EACH BOOK COMPLETE IN ITSELF *Y 



BOOK THREE 



STORIES ABOUT JESUS 



The stories in Book Two told you about The God 
of Truth and His Promise to our first parents. They also 
told you the reason why God's Own Beloved Son came 
to live upon this earth. 



And now would you like to know about 
GOD'S OWN BELOVED SON AS A LITTLE BABY? 

Would you like to know more about His life 
WHEN HE GREW TO BE A MAN? 

And would you like to know what He did 
TO PROVE THAT HE IS GOD? 

The stories in Book Three will tell you 

THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. 



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PAGE I 




NE of the best gifts that God 
gives to every child is a 
mother. And God wanted His 
Own Son to have a lovely Mother. 

The name of the one whom God 
wanted to be the Mother of His Own Son 
was Mary. And God sent a messenger 
TO TELL THE LOVELY, HOLY MARY 
THAT HE WANTED HER TO BE 
THE MOTHER OF HIS OWN SON. 

The messenger also told Mary that 
God wanted His Own Son called JESUS. 

The messenger was a bright and beau- 
tiful angel. 

We do not see angels. But God let Mary 



JESUS' 
MOTHER 



see the angel who brought His message 
to her. 

From the angel's message Mary knew 
that God wanted His Own Beloved Son to 
come to earth as a little Baby and to live 
upon the earth as other people live. 

Mary was sure that if God's Own Son 
came to this earth as one of us, He would 
offer to His Father, for us, 
GREAT LOVE AND OBEDIENCE. 

He would more than make up for the 
failure in love and obedience of Adam and 
all the other people belonging to Adam's 
family, from the beginning to the end 
of the world. 

She was sure, too, that God's Own 



Son would leave a SURE WAY, "A 
HOLY WAY," "A STRAIGHT WAY" 
for all people to have God's Love and 
Truth in them. 

And she remembered what the holy 
man had said about ONE CHILD Who 
would some time be born and Who would 
be "THE PRINCE OF PEACE" and 
"WONDERFUL." 

From the very beginning of her 
life, Mary was filled with God's Love 
and Truth. 

She always wanted whatever was most 
pleasing to God. And she made the angel 
understand that, if God wanted it, she was 
happy to be the Mother of His Own Son. 



The Story Told by a Daisy 



Draw a daisy with six petals on a piece of heavy 
white paper. 

Color the center of the daisy yellow. 
Cut out the daisy. 

Write the answer to each question on one of the 
white petals. 

When you have finished, ask someone at home if 
the answers are right. 

Then paste the daisy in your notebook or put it in 
your room near the statue of Jesus' Mother. 

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1. Write a word that tells about the Mother of God's 
Own Son. 

2. Write the name of The Mother of God's Own Son. 

3. What did God give Mary at the very beginning of 
her life? 

4. What Name was given to God's Own Son? 

5. Who are God's messengers? 

6. Write two words telling what God's Own Son 
would offer to His Father. 



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S AINT JOSEPH was a carpenter. 

He was very holy. For God had given 
Saint Joseph of His Love and Truth. 

When God's Own Son was coming to 
live upon this earth, God wanted SOME- 
THING IMPORTANT done for Him. 
He chose Saint Joseph to do this. And He 
sent an angel with His message. 

The angel let Saint Joseph know that 
GOD'S OWN SON would soon be living 
upon this earth as we do. 

The angel also let Saint Joseph know 
that God wanted him to take care of His 
Own Son, and of Mary whom God had 
chosen to be The Mother of His Own Son. 



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THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE MADE 
SAINT JOSEPH VERY, VERY HAPPY. 

Fill each space with a word that makes a true story. 
Write the stories in your First Communion 
Notebook. 

1. Saint Joseph was a 

2. God gave Saint Joseph of His and 



3. God chose to do something 

important for Him. 

4. God sent Saint Joseph a message by an 



5. The angel let Saint Joseph know that 

would soon be living upon this earth. 

6. God wanted Saint Joseph to take care of 



Project Work 

Find a picture of Saint Joseph. Paste this picture 
in your First Communion Notebook or on a project 
page. Under the picture write some sentences about 
Saint Joseph. 



PRAYER 



When we pray we talk to someone. 
We show that we love this one. 
We ask this one to help us. 

Here is a prayer which you should say every morning 
and every evening — to talk to The Mother of God's Own 
Son, to show her that you love her, and to ask her to 
pray for you. 

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The Hail Mary 

AIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed 
art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy 
womb, Jesus. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now 
and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

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Project Work 

Find some pictures of Jesus' Mother. 

Paste them in your First Communion Notebook or 
on project pages. And under the pictures write some sen- 
tences telling about Jesus' Mother. 




Mary knew from the angel's message 
that God's Own Son was coming to this 
earth as a little Baby. 

AND GOD'S OWN SON DID 
COME TO THIS EARTH AS A LITTLE 
BABY. 

His birthday is called CHRISTMAS. 

He did not come to a rich and beautiful 
home. He came to a cave which was used 
as a stable for animals. 

And this is the story of His coming. 

The Roman governor was making a 
list of all the people in the country. And 
Mary and Joseph had come to Bethlehem 



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THE 

STORY 

OF 

THE 

BABY 

JESUS 



to have their names written on the gov- 
ernor's list. 

As many other people had come to 
Bethlehem, there was not a house in the 
town where Mary could stay for the night. 

This cave was the only place Joseph 
could find for her. 

And at night when the cave was very 
dark and still, God's Own Son came to 
this earth. Then the singing of angels was 
heard and the cave became bright and 
beautiful. 

Mary and Joseph both knew that The 
Baby was God's Own Son. 

And they knew that the whole 



world would be different because this 
little Baby had come to live in it. 

They knew that He had come to give 
God's Love and Truth to the whole world. 

They knelt upon the floor of the cave. 

They were the very first to give The 
Baby Jesus their love. 



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His 

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Prayer to the Baby Jesus 

EAR Baby ]esus, I will shut my eyes and make believe 
that I am kneeling on the floor of the cave with Mary and 
Joseph. For I wish that I could have been there that 
night to give You my love. 

Tell the story of The Baby Jesus to some other 
children. 



MAKING SACRIFICES 



The Baby Jesus had very few things. He was poor. 

We shall be more like The Baby Jesus if we do 
not want too many things. 

So, at times we can go without something we like 
very much, just to show that we want to be more like 
The One Who loved us so much. 

When we do this, we make a sacrifice. 
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Perhaps you would like to make these sacrifices or 
some others'. 

. . . You can go without some of your play to do some- 
thing which you think would please your mother. 
. . . When you feel like being cross, you can say or do 
something kind. 

. . . When you feel like eating more cake or candy or 
something else that you like, you can refuse to take it when 
it is passed to you. 

Paste a picture of The Baby Jesus in your First 
Communion Notebook or on a project page. Under it 
write the prayer on page 11. 



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— can tell in a child's own words what this book teaches 
about The Mother of Jesus. 

— can tell "The Story of Saint Joseph." 

— can tell what God did to let Mary know that He wanted 
her to be the Mother of His Own Son. 

— has done correctly the tests on pages 4 and 7. 

— knows what the book teaches on page 8 about prayer. 

— has said the "Hail Mary" every morning and evening. 

— has told the story of The Baby Jesus to some other 
children. 

— knows what the birthday of God's Own Son is called. 

— knows where The Baby Jesus was born. 

— knows what The Baby Jesus came to give to the people. 

— knows what the book tells about sacrifices. 

— can say or sing the verse "The Baby Jesus." 

— knows the "Prayer to The Baby Jesus." 

— can say or sing the verse "God's Own Son." It is in 
Book Two. 

— knows Acts of Faith, Hope and Love (see Book One). 

— can say or sing the verse "The Mother of Jesus." 



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Parent's Signature 



PAGE I 5 



While all things were in quiet 
silence/' Jesus was born. 

Some shepherds were keeping the 
night watch over their flocks near Bethle- 
hem. Angels let them know that God's 
Own Son had come to live upon this 
earth. Then they left their sheep and came 
hurrying across the hills to the cave. They 
knelt and gave The Baby Jesus their love. 

Then they went back to take care of 
their sheep and told all the people they met 
that God's Own Son had come to earth. 

The Baby Jesus had visitors from far 
away as well as from Bethlehem, 

Some wise men, called Magi, who liked 



THE 
BABY 
JESUS' 
VISITORS 



to study the stars, lived a long way from Bethlehem. One 
night they saw a new star in the sky. This star was brighter 
than the other stars and different from any star that they 
had ever seen. 

These wise men had heard that God's Own Son would 
come some day to live upon this earth. When they saw this 
bright new star, they were sure that the time had come. 

Three of these men started out on the long journey 
across the desert to find the place where God's Own Son 
was living. They rode on camels. 

The bright new star moved in the sky and showed them 
the way. But when they came to Jerusalem, they could not 




PAGE I 6 



see the star, so they asked King Herod if he could tell them 
the way to go. 

Before they left the king, they learned that The One for 
Whom they had come across the desert was living in 
Bethlehem. And when they started toward Bethlehem, they 
saw the star again. It went before them until it came to the 
place where The Baby Jesus was. 

"And entering into the house," they knelt and gave 
The Baby Jesus their love. 

They also gave Him beautiful gifts which they had 
brought with them from their own country. 

Tell this story to some other children. 




PAGE I 7 



THE 
HOLY 
FAMILY 




W 



E CALL Jesus, Mary and Joseph 
The Holy Family. 

After the Magi had visited the Holy 
Family and were on their way back to their 
own country, God sent an angel to let 
Saint Joseph know that the wicked King 
Herod would try to kill The Baby Jesus. 
Then during the night Saint Joseph took 
The Child and His Mother out of their own 
country into another country called Egypt. 

This cruel king wanted to kill The 
Baby Jesus because he was afraid that when 
The Baby Jesus was older, the people 
would make Him their King. 

But Herod wanted to keep on being 



PAGE I 8 



king until the end of his life. After that, 
he wanted his son to be king. So he had 
the soldiers kill many children, hoping that 
one of them might be The Baby Jesus. 

The Holy Family lived in Egypt until 
Saint Joseph knew that it would be safe to 
bring The Baby Jesus back to His Own 
country. 

Tell someone at home why The Holy 
Family hurried into Egypt. 

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When The Holy Family left Egypt 
and came back into their own country, they 
lived for many years in a little village called 
Nazareth. 



PAGE I 9 



THE 

STORY OF 

JESUS' 

LIFE 



And Jesus made Mary and Joseph very 
happy by His obedience and love. 

At that time only a few people knew 
that Jesus was The Son of God. 

But when Jesus was thirty years old, He 
went from place to place teaching the 
people about The One True God. 

And He let them know that He was 
God's Own Son. 

Fathers and mothers brought their chil- 
dren to Him so that He would bless them. 

And many people followed Him from 
place to place, because they wanted to hear 
more and more of God's Truth, and also 
because He did many good things for them. 
He made sick people well. He even made 



some people who were dead come back 
to life. 

JESUS TAUGHT TRUTH AND HE 
DID EVERYTHING WITH LOVE. 

For He was God's Own Son. And you 
know that God is All-Truth and All-Love. 



PAGE 2 I 



/ / / / 



"A 



STORY about God's Own Son," 
which you read in Book Two, told you 
that wicked men wanted Jesus put to death 
so that He could not teach the people the 
truth any more. 

These wicked men were very cruel to 



JESUS' 

CRUEL 

DEATH 



Jesus and at last they made Him carry a big, 
heavy cross and nailed Him to it. 

Jesus' Mother, Mary, stood by The 
Cross until Jesus died. 

Two thieves were dying on crosses near 
Jesus. 

After a while one thief believed that 
Jesus was God's Own Son. And when this 
thief looked at Jesus, he was sorry for the 
bad things he had done. 

He spoke to Jesus and said: 

"Lord, remember me when Thou shalt 
come into Thy kingdom." 

Then Jesus promised the thief that He 
would take him to be happy with Him 
forever in HEAVEN. 



For HEAVEN is the name of Jesus' 
kingdom. 

In the story, "The First Man and 
Woman/' which you read in Book Two, 
you learned that our first parents did not 
give to God the love and obedience they 
knew they should give to Him. 

They turned away from God. 

The story, "God's Promise/' which is 
also in Book Two, told you about GOD'S 
GREAT PROMISE. And you will re- 
member that God's Great Promise was that 
He would send Someone to live upon this 
earth Who would give Him GREATER 
love and obedience than anyone else 
could give. 



PAGE 23 




Now you know from several stories 
that Jesus, God's Own Beloved Son, offered 
to His Father, love and obedience, "EVEN 
TO THE DEATH OF THE CROSS/' 

For Jesus lived and suffered and died to 
give to His Father so much love and obedi- 
ence that He would more than make up 

FOR THE FAILURE 
in love and obedience of Adam and all the 
other people belonging to Adam's family 
from the beginning to the end of the 
world. 

All the other people who ever had 
lived or ever would live in the world could 
not give to God as much love and obedi- 
ence as Jesus gave. 



For we must always remember that 
Jesus was God's Own Beloved Son. 

And Jesus wanted all of us to be His 
Father's very dear children. 

For He wanted all of us to do as He did 
and offer to His Father ALL THE LOVE 
AND OBEDIENCE in our power. 

/ / / / 

Book Four will tell you about the sure 
way, "the holy way/' "the straight way" 
that Jesus left so that we may have God's 
Love and Truth in us. 



PAGE 25 



Jesus 

Offered 

Great 

Love 

and 

Obedience 



THE 
PRAYER 
WHICH 
JESUS 
TAUGHT 
US 



On 



E day Jesus' friends saw Him pray- 
ing. When Jesus' prayer was finished, one 
of them said to Him: 

"Lord, teach us to pray." 
Then Jesus taught them this prayer: 



The Lord's Prayer 

(f&UR Father who art in heaven, 
Hallowed be Thy Name, 
Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 

And j or give us our trespasses, as we forgive 
Those who trespass against us, 

And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
Amen. 

Ask your father or mother to hear you say this 
prayer every morning and evening. 



PAGE 26 



A Test 

Parts of sentences are given in each list. Put the right 
parts of the sentences together. Write them in your First 
Communion Notebook or on a project page. Ask someone 
at home to see if your sentences are right. 

LIST ONE 

When Jesus was a boy He lived at Nazareth, 

When Jesus was thirty years old 

Jesus was 

Jesus died 

Jesus' Mother stood by the Cross 

The name of Jesus' kingdom 

LIST TWO 

He went from place to place teaching the 

people. 

until Jesus died. 

is heaven. 

nailed to a Cross. 

obeying His Mother Mary and Saint Joseph. 

God's Own Son. 



A 

STORY 
SHOWING 
THAT 
JESUS 
IS GOD 



The people could see that Jesus was a 
man. 

But some did not believe that He was 
also God. 

So Jesus proved to the people that 
He was God. 

For HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD. 

And no one but Jesus had the power 
to rise from the dead. 

Jesus died on a Friday. 

He was put in a tomb. A big stone was 
rolled against the door. Soldiers stood out- 
side. They were left there to watch the 
tomb and to be sure that no one moved 
the stone. 



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But on Sunday morning, when Jesus' 
friends came to visit the tomb, they saw 
that the stone had been rolled back! 

The soldiers were not there! 

So Jesus' friends went into the tomb. 

They were looking for the Body of 
Jesus. 

But they did not find the Body of 
Jesus! 

They were surprised, and wondered 
where Jesus' Body could be. 

And, behold! They saw two shining 
angels standing near them. 

They bowed very low. 

Then they heard the angels saying: 



"Remember 
How 
He 
Spoke 
unto 
You' 



"He is not here, but risen. 
Remember how He spoke unto you . . . 

Saying: 

The Son of Man must be . . . 
crucified 

And the third day rise again." 

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Then Jesus' friends remembered that 
Jesus HAD TOLD the people that He 
would rise from the dead. 

The angels' message filled them with 
great joy. 

And they went quickly away to tell 
Jesus' other friends what had happened. 



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A FTER Jesus had risen from the dead, 
many of His friends saw Him and 
talked with Him, 

Jesus stayed upon this earth forty days. 

He did not die again. 

But one day while His friends were 
with Him, He told them that He was going 
to leave them to go back to His Father in 
heaven. 

Then, they saw Him, RISING BY 
HIS OWN POWER. 

And they watched Him until the clouds 
hid Him from their sight. 



THEY 

WATCHED 

JESUS 

ASCEND 

INTO 

HEAVEN 



Tell someone at home the story of how Jesus rose 
from the dead and stayed forty days upon this earth. 
And ask someone at home to tell you the names given to: 

the day Jesus died, 

the day Jesus rose from the dead, 

the day Jesus went back to His Father in heaven. 

Can you answer these questions? 

1. What did Jesus' friends say to Him one day when 
they saw Him praying? 

2. On what day did Jesus die? 

3. After Jesus was dead, where was His Body laid? 

4. Who watched outside of Jesus' tomb? 

5. On what day did Jesus rise from the dead? 

6. How do we know that Jesus rose from the dead? 

7. On what day did Jesus go back to His Father 
in heaven? 

Project Work 

1. Draw seven circles in your First Communion 
Notebook or on project pages. Color the circles. Or cut 
from paper seven circles of different colors. 

Write the answer to each of the seven questions in 
a circle. 

2. Find a picture of Jesus on the Cross, a picture of 
Jesus after He had risen from the dead, and a picture of 
Jesus going back to His Father in heaven. Paste these 
pictures in your First Communion Notebook or on project 
pages. Write, under each picture, what the picture shows. 



A Play 

What to use for the play: 

Which door of this room shall we call the door of 
the tomb? 

What shall we use for the big stone? 

What can the soldiers carry for swords? 

How shall we know the angel? 
What to do: 

Act 1 

The Soldiers: 

Watch the tomb. 

See the stone rolled away by an angel. 
Run away frightened. 
Jesus' Friends: 

Hurry to the tomb. 
Show surprise. 

Look sad because The Body of Jesus is not there. 

Act 2 

The Angels: 

Speak to Jesus' friends as the angels do in the story. 
Jesus' Friends: 

Listen to the angels. 
Show great joy. 

One friend tells the others that Jesus did say that 
He would rise from the dead. 

All hurry away to tell the others the joyous news. 



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Child's Name 



— has told the story about The Baby Jesus' visitors to some 
other children or to someone at home. 

— knows what the shepherds told the people after they 
had visited The Baby Jesus. 

— knows what "the wise men" are called. 

— knows how "the wise men" found the way to Bethlehem. 

— knows what the Magi did when they came to Jerusalem; 
what they did when they found The Baby Jesus. 

— says "The Lord's Prayer" and the "Hail Mary" every 
morning and evening. 

— can do the tests on pages 27 and 32. 

— knows what Jesus taught the people when He went to 
different places. 

— knows the story of Jesus' Life and cruel Death. 

— knows what Jesus promised the thief who was sorry for 
his sins. 

— knows to Whom we are talking when we say "The 
Lord's Prayer." 

— knows how Jesus proved to the people that He was God. 

— knows on what day Jesus died. 

— knows on what day Jesus rose from the dead. 

— has acted, with some other children, the play on page 33. 

— can sing or say the verse "Protect Me by Thy Power." 

— has kept a neat First Communion Notebook or has 
finished some neat project pages approved by the teacher. 




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Parent's Signature 



A 

STORY 
ABOUT 
THE 
HOLY 
GHOST 



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'EFORE Jesus left this earth and went 
back to His Father, 

He promised those who followed 
Him that He would send The Holy 
Ghost. 

And Jesus did send The Holy Ghost. 
But The Holy Ghost never lived upon this 
earth as Jesus did. 

We do not see The Holy Ghost. But 
The Holy Ghost will keep on giving 
people God's Love until the end of the 
world. 

And The Holy Ghost will keep on 
"teaching all truth" until the end of the 
world. 



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'The Father is God; The Son is 
God; The Holy Ghost is God; and yet 
they are not three gods but one God/' 

IN GOD THERE ARE THREE 
PERSONS; 

The Father, 
The Son, 
and 

The Holy Ghost 

WE CALL 
THE THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD 
THE HOLY TRINITY. 



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"There 
Are Not 
Three 
Gods 
but One 
God" 



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A Test 

Finish these sentences by putting the right words 
in the blank spaces. 

Jesus promised that when He went back to His Father 

He would send The 

The Holy Ghost is 

The never lived upon this earth as 

Jesus did. 

When The Holy Ghost is with us He teaches us 



When The Holy Ghost is with us He gives us more 
and more of God's 

The Father is ; The Son is ; 

is God; and yet They are three 

gods but God. 

In One God there are Three Persons: 
The Father, 
The Son and 

The 

We call the Three Persons in one God, 



Write these sentences in your First Communion 
Notebook or on a project page. Ask someone at home 
to tell you if your sentences are right. 




A SALUTE to TKc FatW, 

TTie Son and The Holy Grtost 



Catholic children at school salute the flag of their 
country every day. 

But they love to salute The Holy Trinity, Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost, several times each day. 

They do this by making The Sign of the Cross. 

Be sure that you know how to make The Sign of the 
Cross correctly. 



4 First, place your 
left hand on 
your breast. 



"IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER 



Then, touch your 
g forehead with 
your right hand 
saying: 



Lower the right 
^ hand and touch 
the breast 
saying: 



AND OF THE SON"; 



Then touch 
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shoulder and 




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the same time 
saying: 



AND OF THE HOLY GHOST." 




6 Join your hands 
together and 
say: 



"AMEN." 



Jesus is our Model. 

The more we have of God's Love and 
Truth in us, the more like Jesus we become. 
And as we become more like Jesus, we 
act more like Him. This means that we 
give to Our Heavenly Father more and 
more love and obedience. 

These stories tell many things that 
Jesus did. If you study them, they will help 
you to know our Model better. 



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| 1 | Jesus knew when the time had come 
for the wicked men to take Him prisoner 
and put Him to death. Then Jesus prayed 



STORIES 
TELLING 
HOW TO 
BE LIKE 
JESUS 



with great love to His Father for many 
hours. 

And many times when Jesus was 
getting ready to do a very big work, He 
spent a long time praying to His Father 
with love. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 

spaces: 

You will be like Jesus in one way if you to 

God often and with much 



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[in Jesus loved His Father and His 
Father's goodness very much more than 
the whole world and all the people and 
things in it. 



And Jesus always did good deeds. 

Jesus was All-Holy. 

And Jesus wants us to be holy. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 
spaces: 

You will be holy if you love and His good- 
ness most of all, and if you always do deeds. 



| 3 | Jesus went from place to place teach- 
ing the people the truth about God. 

And He did everything with love. 

He made the sick well. 

He made the blind see. 

He showed love to everyone, to those 
who were good to Him and to those who 
were not good to Him. 




Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 
spaces: 

You will be like Jesus in one way if you show 

to everyone, to those who are to you, 

and to those who are not to you. 



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| 4 | Jesus said: "I am the Truth." And 
Jesus taught that everyone who loves the 
truth pays attention to His words. 

Read the sentences below, filling in the blank 

spaces: 

Jesus said: "I am the " 

You will be like Jesus in one way if you always love 
the 

111 

[T] In His home at Nazareth Jesus was 
obedient to His Mother Mary and to Saint 
Joseph. 



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And Jesus obeyed the laws of His coun- 
try. But, above all, Jesus always obeyed all 
of His Father's laws. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 
space: 

You will be like Jesus in one way if you 

your father and mother, and others whom you know 
you should obey. 

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| 6 | When those who were going from 
place to place with Jesus wanted to send 
away the little children, Jesus was kind and 
gentle and asked them to let the little 
children come to Him. 

One day when Jesus saw a mother cry- 
ing because her only son was dead, Jesus 
showed that He was kind and gentle. He 



Jesus 
Did 
Everything 
with 
Love 



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said: "Weep not." And then He brought 
her son to life again. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 

spaces: 

You will be like Jesus in one way if you are 
and with everyone. 

iff 

| 7 | Jesus, God's Own Son, showed by the 
place in which He was born, and by the 
way He lived, that He did not want the 
things that other people want so much. So 
He taught us that we can be good and 
happy even if we do not have all the things 
that we want. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 

spaces: 

You will be like in one way, if you are 

never sad because another person has something which 



you cannot have; and if never do anything un- 
fair to that person who has which you do 

not have. 



Jesus had the power to offer to His 
Father more love and obedience than any- 
one else could offer to Him. 

Read the sentence below, filling in the blank 
spaces: 

You will be Jesus in one way if you offer 

to God all the and obedience which you are 

able to give Him. 



Ask your mother or your teacher to tell you some 
other ways that you can be like Jesus, Who is 
our Model. 

In your First Communion Notebook or on project 
pages paste some pictures of Jesus, our Model. Under 
each picture write one or more sentences telling what 
the picture teaches. 



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JESUS' 
XDMMAND- 
MENTS 
OF 
LOVE 



You will act like Jesus in all the ways 
told in the stories which you have just read 
if you obey Jesus' two Great Command- 
ments of Love. 

Q Jesus' First Great Q 
Commandment of Love ^ 

In the greatest of Jesus' Command- 
ments He tells us that we should FIRST 
OF ALL 

LOVE GOD 
WITH OUR WHOLE STRENGTH. 

And this means that we should love 
God more than anyone or anything else. 



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£ Jesus' Second Great 0 
Commandment of Love 

Jesus tells us that we should love all 
people — those who are good to us and 
those who are not good to us. For at the 
very same time that He gave us His First 
Great Commandment, He also gave us the 
Second Great Commandment: 

"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR 
AS THYSELF." 

And He said at another time, 
"Love One Another 
As I Have Loved You." 

Learn Jesus' great Commandments 
about loving God and other people. 



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Jesus 
Is Our 
Great, 
True 
Teacher 



THE 
TEN 
DMMAND 
MENTS 




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ONG before Jesus came to this earth, 
God gave TEN COMMANDMENTS to 
His people. You may learn more about 
these Commandments later. But if you 
try to be like Jesus as the stories tell you, 
ALWAYS REMEMBERING His Great 
Commandments of Love, you will do all 
that God expects of you now. 

The Ten Commandments are: 

1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have 
strange gods before Me. 

2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy 
God in vain. 

3. Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath Day. 

4. Honor thy father and thy mother. 

5. Thou shalt not kill. 

6. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 

7. Thou shalt not steal. 

8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy 
neighbor. 

9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. 
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. 



Child's Name 



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— has done correctly the tests on pages 39, 41-47. 

— can tell in a child's own words what this book teaches 
about The Holy Ghost. 

— can tell all that this book teaches about The Holy Trinity. 

— knows how to make The Sign of the Cross correctly. 

— knows Jesus' first and greatest Commandment. 

— knows Jesus' second great Commandment. 

— knows what Jesus' first great Commandment means. 

— knows what Jesus' second great Commandment means. 

— knows eight ways of being like Jesus. 

— knows how many Commandments God had given to the 
people before Jesus came to give His Commandments of 
Love. 

— says Acts of Faith, Hope and Love every day (see 
Book One). 

— can say and write perfectly "The Lord's Prayer" and the 
"Hail Mary." 

— can say or sing the verse, "The Baby Jesus." 

— can say or sing the verse, "Protect Me by Thy Power." 

— can say or sing "A Prayer to The Holy Ghost." 

— has kept a neat First Communion Notebook or has 
finished some neat project pages approved by the teacher. 




Parent's Signature 



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